Improving wood harvesting logistics by a dedicated GIS-based biomass module

This SIMWOOD pilot project was launched in 2015 and ended in 2017. It was a regional project conducted in the Twente region (located in the province of Overijssel). The project focused on the opportunity that bundling of activities in Forest Maintenance would offer. One way to facilitate the bundling of these activities is through the development and use of a dedicated GIS-based biomass module. This biomass module was planned to be part of a larger management tool – CMS i- which is currently being implemented by the three organisations that own (or manage) large areas of forest in the Netherlands (Staatsbosbeheer, Natuurmonumenten and De12 Landschappen). Together these organisations manage 171,000 ha (out of a total of 374,000 ha) of forests in the Netherlands. These three organisation were the target of this pilot project. The project was implemented in close cooperation with Natuurmonumenten. The central idea of the project was to show the benefits of a biomass module to the three largest forest owners in the Netherlands, as well as owners of smaller forest plots, via a pilot project conducted in the Twente region. Benefits were expected to be a.o. lower costs of harvesting due to bundling of harvesting activities.

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Contact: Patrick Reumermann


Institution: BTG

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Accesses: Public access

Geographic Contexts: Rural

Domain: Harvest , Ownership

Coniferous Destinations: Material use (sawntimber, pulp, panel boards, posts & poles etc) , Energy use

Harwood Destinations: Material use (sawntimber, pulp, panel boards, posts & poles etc) , Energy use

Market Destinations: trend is increasing demand from energy plants , trend is stable demand from sawmill

Forest Types: Hemiboreal forest, nemoral softwoodous and mixed broadleaved-softwoodous forest , Acidophylous oak and oak-birch forest , Mesophytic deciduous forest , Beech forest , Mire and swamp forests , Plantations and self-sown exotic forest

Govern Actors: Forest Managers / consultants/ agents , Non-government (non profit) organisations , Small medium forest-based enterprise

Financial Supports: government forest management support scheme

Manager Types: managed by forest association

Owner Types: private , public

Scale Operations: small scale (10-50 ha) , medium scale (50-200 ha) , very small scale (<10 ha)